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I am a fan of Harlan Coben. However, this story's plot seems a teensy on the Dark Side. Scott Brick has a style ??? no matter what he is narrating; a overly dramatic New York/Jersey accent. It???s hard to get into the story???s character because it always Scott Brick. That said, this story does take place in ??? New Jersey, so, perhaps Scott was a natural choice for this book. Over all, I liked the way he read this book. Harlan Coben, takes his fans on a different ride ??? far away from the Myron Bolitar series. Over all, I would recommend the book.
Yes, because the author has told a story that kept me drawn in and really caring about the characters. That alone would put this title in the top ten for me. However, this is an audio book and the narrator can either ruin a book or take it to a higher lever. George Guidall, is truly a voice-actor who brings the characters to life.. Kellerman & Guidall are a perfect match.
Each character in this story is believable and each character helps bring the plot forward. I had an emotional reaction to the characters and that means good writing.
Mr. Guidall, has the ability to change his voice in a subtle way; he takes on the gender, age, mentality or emotional state of the character. He is never over-the-top or obviously being an actor "doing" a female, child or elder voice. He becomes the character and that is the voice that character would have. Mr. Guidall, could read the phone book and most would be happy to listen. I have many titles in my library and would rate this title in the top 20. I wish I could give it a higher rating. You can buy this title with confidence of a good story read by one of the best narrators.
I bought the title because Mr. Guidall, was the narrator and delightfully discovered that Fay Kellerman, is such a great author. I hope that Mr. Guidall, will continue to narrate this series.
Mr. Palahniuk has a style of writing that I would describe as a rollercoaster ride. While some of his stories are fast paced, exciting and fun; this ride left me drained and feeling queasy. When the narration was over, I was happy to lift the safety bar and leave. Your experience may be different though.
Enjoyable? There are some quirky, insightful points of view in the story. However, I don't see how this book could ever come off as an enjoyable read.
Paul Garcia, is a great narrator with a wide range of voices. He is good. His narration was what got me through to the end. I will search for other performances/narrations by him.
Sadly, yes. There is a character in this book called the Agent. I can see a Hollywood "Agent" type turning this book into some superficial CGI. There would be some irony there.
I hope this review is helpful. I admit that I am not an English Lit major and don't know much about tropes or styles of writing. I’ve listened to the finish and this review is really, just one guy's opinion. Read all the reviews and decide if you want to jump in the pool. What the heck, go ahead and listen to it. Then, figure out if you went into the deep end or the shallow end of the pool. You might like it. - I dare you.
I would rank this novel at 85% of over 700 Audible Books I have purchased. However, that is mostly meaningless because, while I am an Average Guy, it's only my personal opinion. I do not think you would be disappointed with the novel because, woven throughout a very good story, there are a few nuggets of knowledge we all can benefit from
A better understanding of the causes of an addictive personality.
Humphrey Bower is a great voice actor who brings to life each and every character in the story. He makes you care, very much, about them. Mr. Bower is right up there with Mr. George Guidall, who, I believe, could read the phone book and make it come alive.
In the very beginning when Billy is getting hassled by the local cop; I began to care about what was going to happen to him. That is the moment I got hooked and wanted to find out how the rest of the story developed.
The accents used to portray the characters are badly done. You'd be better off to read the book yourself.
Normally, I am not a fanatical fan of all Stephen Kings works because I don't enjoy dark and scary. However, this story drew me in, held me and delivered me right to the front door of WOW. It was interesting to Google Map the many addresses mentioned in the story while listening. I am ex-military and an old crusty kind of guy. I wan't exactly "crying" at the ending of the story; its closer to say my eyes were "glistening" while wearing a happy smile.
Deaver hits a home run with this story AND Dennis Boutsikais is a great voice actor. You will enjoy both the story and the narration.
The author makes the case that, if everyone just listen to Montgomery, the war would have been won much sooner. Not! The tone of the entire book is a whine. I found no new facts only subjective sneers to Eisenhower, Bradly, Patton and on and on. Yawn; very snoring.
Publisher Weekly said this is a must read...Ha!
Insomniac Nightly gave it the same endorsement!
This book does NOT tell how the Great Pyramids were built.
It's a long boring narrative; listing which king was married to which sister and the name of their cousin and so on.
My decision to buy the book was based on the quality of the readers. The key learning point for me was; even great readers can't make a bad book good. The plot is too contrived and implausible. The readers did their job but, the books smells bad.
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